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From Our Pastors
BIrthdays and stuff 

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FROM OUR PASTORS 

  

  

In the sermon last Sunday, I mentioned a community concern about which many of us have been praying:

 

"Our community is struggling now with 15-year-old Kathryn Hamilton's death.  We're giving thanks her life, this wonderful and talented Talawanda student, while, at the same time, trying to come to grips with such a tragedy.  And faith must struggle with it as it always has to struggle with tragedy.  We ask, "Where is God in this?"  "Where is life, where is love in this?"  "And how do I side with life and love when I'm sad or angry?!"  Our community is answering with an overflowing offering of care, of food and prayers and presence with Kathryn's family.  Faith finds a way to proclaim and to practice love."

 

 

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christine
christianeducation 
CHRISTIAN EDUCATION 

 

Christine Garton, Director of Christian Education, can be reached at cgarton@OxfordPresbyChurch.org or you can call or text her cell phone at 850-276-3231.

 

 

Christine Garton is having thyroid cancer surgery March 26 and will be out of the office through April 8. (We all wish you a full and speedy recovery.  Are prayers will be with you)

 

THANK YOU to our March 2nd-5th grade teachers: Debbie DeGennaro, Amy McGoldrick, and Christine Garton.
 

 

THANK YOU to everyone who donated items to the Silent Auction!  Those who donated include Marilyn Curry, Judy Fisher, Elaine Patterson, & Diane Young.  And thank you to Green Door on High St. for giving a discount for some of the items purchased for the Silent Auction.  $293 was raised for our Youth Mission Trip to New Jersey this June. 

 


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CARES, CONCERNS, JOYS AND THANK YOUs

 

IN OUR PRAYERS

 

 

Keep these friends in your prayers:

 

Adele McLaren, Stacey Winn, Herb Preston, Joyce Trump, Jean Butterfield, Helen Martin, Cathy Fey, Marilyn Rettig, Brian Hitsman, Becky Rudolph

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We pray for peace and comfort for the family of Elizabeth Lane.  A memorial service will be held in June.

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We hold Mary Dodd Hunter close in our thoughts and prayers.

 

 


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deacons
DEACONS

 

 

 

Angel Report: Angels received 1 card, 5 calls, and 19 visits.

 

What a long cold winter it has been.  Deacons were kept busy sending 14 caring cards, delivering 7 bouquets to cheer and comfort, and giving 5 prayer shawls to warm and console.

The prayer line was called to action for 24 people and their requests.

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The Deacons practiced awesome couponing in shopping for the Family Resource Center this month.  We spent about $185, but got over $200 worth of tuna, canned veggies and fruit, shampoo and soap.

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(Answer to the question of the month:)

NOTHING

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Thanks to a very generous donation to the Deacon Funds, we are now able to return to the original $200 we used to spend for food for the FRC each month.

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We learned from Marshall that many children did not have decent hats or gloves.  We purchased 20 hats and 10 pairs of gloves (all that Wal-Mart had left) to be distributed.

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Do you know someone who needs a Prayer Shawl? We have all shapes, sizes and colors available.  If you have a friend or relative to whom you would like to give a Prayer Shawl, please call Cornelia Browne.

 

 


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                   women
Oxford Presbyterian Church Women 

 

 circles

 

THE TUESDAY AFTERNOON CIRCLE 

will meet April 16 will meet  at 1:30 in the Country Kitchen.  The Optional Lunch is at noon and reservations are due to Lawretta Clum.  Prue Dana will be leading the Bible Study.  Jean Butterfield will lead the Mission Yearbook and Betty Reinhart will conduct the Least Coin.  New members and visitors are always welcome.

 

 

THE TUESDAY EVENING CIRCLE

Will meet April 1st at Jo Reinhart's home.  Nancy Sturgeon is the co-hostess.  Sue Wilson will lead the Devotions and Karen Simpson will lead the Program.  

 

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COMING SOON!

THE OXFORD PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN SPRING BRUNCH

 

April 12, 2014, 10:00- 12:00 at the Seminary. All church women,

Please bring your Mom, daughter, sister, grandchild, neighbor, friend(s) for a home-cooked breakfast, fellowship and FUN.

 

Back by popular demand, after breakfast, Peter Carels and friend will again lead a Drumming Circle.  Everyone regardless of age, ability or talent can participate in this activity.  Last year was loads of fun.  Please Come.

Please notify Debbie Davidson, davidsdk@miamioh.edu or 524-8216 by 4/6/14 if you plan to attend.

 

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The Honored Woman Award is given annually to those who have honored woman symbol dedicated their time and talents to the work of their church. Please consider thoughtfully those women that you know who give willingly and joyfully in the efforts for this church.

Write a letter detailing their work and send it to Ann Hardy, 1450 Dana Drive, Oxford, OH 45056-9752. Deadline for submissions is JUNE 1, 2014

 

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This month I'd like to highlight some of the money Oxford Presbyterian Women contribute to our local Church missions. But, first I'd like to note that we give $750 to our Church to pay for our use of Church facilities. This money goes into the General Fund.

  • We give $200 to the Christian Cooperative Nursery School;
  • $300 to the OPC Youth Services Projects;
  • $250 to the Local Medical Relief Fund;
  • $300 to the Pastors' Discretionary Fund;
  • $50 (biennial and honoring Marie Visser) to the Confirmation Class; and,
  • 10% of our Fund Raising money goes to the House Committee.

We could not raise the money without the help of our members. And with changing times, our budget will need examination. We are committed to continue working to help Church mission in the spirit of the Women's Missionary Society from which we evolved.     

Karen Simpson

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RATs GOINGS-ON NOTICED IN SEMINARY

CAUSES COMMUNITY MEAL TO BE MOVED TO METHODIST CHURCH!

 

Yes, indeed RATS (Rummage Action Team Specialists) have been busy behind the scenes (but not behind the walls) making the plans for the 2014 Spring Rummage Sale.  Overcoming a major complication was our first task to nibble on.  Set-up and pricing MUST happen in the 3 days before the Thursday May 1, Friday May 2 and Saturday May 3 sale dates.  But, April 30 is the fifth Wednesday, in other words, the Church's opportunity to host the Community Meal.  YIKES. Scurrying to find a solution, we called the Methodist Church, and they kindly agreed to our request to use their facilities for the meal.  And Bill Fisher kindly agreed to this move too.  WHEW!  Now the RATS can move to reminding folks to spring clean and find items to donate and to sign up to help.  Your RATS are:

Dave Wilson, Sue Wilson, Lawretta Clum, Deanna Maxwell, Nancy Moeckel.  Honorary Adjunct Rat: Ginny Staberg.

 

 

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annoucements
ANNOUCEMENTS  

 

meeting  

 

MAY 4 RETIREMENT CELEBRATION

 

For those of you who missed the "Pam and Mary Jo Show" during the Minute for Mission on March 16 here is the information, albeit, not in such an entertaining manner.

 

A celebratory lunch and program, honoring Mark and Barbara, will be held in the Commons at the Knolls of Oxford on Sunday, May 4.

Lunch will start at 12 noon.  Our own inimitable Steve Flee will host the program to follow.  It is important that reservations be made by April 21, with the church office (523-6364) or by contacting Judy Fisher 
(fisherrh@miamioh.edu or 523-3489).  Seating is limited.

 

 

Mary Jo McFadden (560-3054) is collecting pictures, letters, and memorabilia for a memory album.  Please let her know, soon, if you have something to contribute.  

 

Jean Hitsman, financial secretary, is receiving contributions for a love offering for the Barnes.

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Presbyterian Church services on DVD are being shown at The Knolls on April 8 and 22 at 10:00 A.M. in the Assisted Living dining room. Anyone wishing to attend is cordially invited.

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Our church was saddened to learn this week of the death of one of our most valued members, Someone Else. Someone's passing creates a vacancy that will be difficult to fill. Else has been with us for many years and for every one of those years, Someone did far more than a normal person's share of the work. Whenever there was a job to do, a class to teach, or a meeting to attend, one name was on everyone's list, "Let Someone Else do it." Whenever leadership was mentioned, this wonderful person was looked to for inspiration as well as results; "Someone Else can work with that group." 

It was common knowledge that Someone Else was among the most generous givers in our church. Whenever there was a financial need, everyone just assumed Someone Else would make up the difference. Someone Else was a wonderful person; sometimes appearing superhuman. Were the truth known, everybody expected too much of Someone Else. Now Someone Else is gone! We wonder what we are going to do. Someone Else left a wonderful example to follow, but who is going to follow it? Who is going to do the things Someone Else did? 

When you are asked to help this year, remember - we can't depend on Someone Else anymore.
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SEMINARY OPTIONS TEAM

 

 

The Seminary Options Team is a new column that will be in every newsletter until the charge to the Team is complete.  

 

 

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

APRIL 6 AFTER WORSHIP

The Seminary Options Team wants to share with you the information we have gathered so that the OPC (Session) can decide,  "What do we do with the Seminary?"  The Team has data on the structural issues, alternatives for stabilization, use and the future and estimates of costs involved.  There will be time for questions, discussion and input.  Please schedule an hour of your time for this most important gathering.

 

The Seminary Options Team has prepared a summary sheet of information will be mailed to each congregant.  This short summary hopes to give you an opportunity to review the teams' charge, read about the main options considered and researched by the team, and reflect on the questions, concerns, ideas, and input you will bring to the April 6 meeting.

 

 

The future of the Seminary is an important decision and needs YOUR participation.

 

Seminary Options Team Members

 

  • Rich Drewes (chair) 664-6919 drewesra@gmail.com
  • Brad Cronk      524-8574  bcronk@woh.rr.com
  • John Curry      523-3598   jcurry1@woh.rr.com
  • Steve Flee       523-4037   sflee@woh.rr.com
  • Pat Gifford      523-2227   gifforp@miamioh.edu
  • Tom Holmes    523-3857  holmest2@frontier.com
  • Mary Lee Keebler  524-7464   keebleml@miamioh.edu
  • Nancy Moeckel 523-6003  moeckenj@miamioh.edu
  • Tom Poetter   664-8226   poettets@miamioh.edu
  • Joe Simpson    523-8363   simpsojc@miamioh.edu
  • Barbara Barnes 523-6364 bbarnes@oxfordpresbychurch.org
  • Mark Barnes    523-6364  mbarnes@oxfordpresbychurch.org

 

FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ANY MEMBER with your comments, questions, concerns, ideas and support.  

 

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birthdays

 

 

 

1       Deanna Maxwell

2       Chris Poetter

3       Nathan Pacey

3       Austin Lake

5       Darrell Richardson

5       Deb Sayers

5       Dave McDaniel

5       John Hesford

6       Emily Bailer

7       Jane Kelly

7       Pat Gifford

7       Stephen James

8       John Woodruff

9       Mary Jane Brower

9       Sam Poetter

9       Emily Platt

11      Marjory Baer

11      Dick Nelson

11      Caroline Shoker

11      Branden Butterfield

12      Tip Ziegler

12      Dick Keebler

12      Bo Stephenson

13      Faye Santavicca

13      Nicholas Payne

15      Don Gerber

15      Elizabeth Johnson

15      Becky McDaniel

16      Alan Smith

17      John Trump

17      Thomas Payne

19      Kay Jellison

20      Doug Hoover

20      Nathaniel Wilson

21      Mary Hunter (missionary)

21     Alex Hughes

23     Jean Woodruff

23     Audrey Bader

24     Marietta Bowlby

25     Ruth Miller

26     Christopher Bailer

29     Susan Maxfield

29     Catherine Brakemeyer

29     Jenny Hunter

30     Herb Wiepking

30    Rodger Cromer

 

APRIL ACCOUNTS for our CELEBRANTS

 

Have you seen or smelled one of these guys in your house?  Who hasn't? It's the marmorated stink bug.  They wont bite or sting you, but they do damage fruit, like apples and peaches, as well as other food crops, like soybeans, corn and

peppers. Spraying insecticides doesn't really help.  Seal up openings to keep them out of your house.

 

 

April is National Autism Awareness Month, National Pet Month and Jazz Appreciation Month. ( shoo-doo-shoo-bee-ooo-bee)

 

The first Earth Day was April 22, 1970

 

If you keep going North, you will eventually go South. If you keep going East, you will never go West.

 

Your foot is the same size as the distance between your wrist and elbow. Try it and see!

 

"Pepsi-Cola" is an anagram for "Episcopal," which some believe the drink is named after. But then "Britney Spears" is an anagram for "Presbyterians," so we're inclined to discount this theory

 

For April 15:

Did you ever notice when you put the 2 words 'The' and 'IRS' together it spells 'Theirs'

 

 

Question of the month:

What is greater than God, The poor have it, the rich need it, and if you eat it, you'll die.

 

As always, find the answer somewhere in the newsletter.

 

 

 

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pastors
From Our Pastors 
Full Article

  

 

In the sermon last Sunday, I mentioned a community concern about which many of us have been praying:

 

"Our community is struggling now with 15-year-old Kathryn Hamilton's death.  We're giving thanks her life, this wonderful and talented Talawanda student, while, at the same time, trying to come to grips with such a tragedy.  And faith must struggle with it as it always has to struggle with tragedy.  We ask, "Where is God in this?"  "Where is life, where is love in this?"  "And how do I side with life and love when I'm sad or angry?!"  Our community is answering with an overflowing offering of care, of food and prayers and presence with Kathryn's family.  Faith finds a way to proclaim and to practice love."

 

But I wanted also to say a word here about how helpful the funeral service was that was held at Holy Trinity last Saturday.   The Rev. Karen Burnard of Holy Trinity and the Rev. Joanna Leiserson, Interim Rector of St. Anne Episcopal Church, Westchester, where Barbara Hamilton and both children have been attending, the choir and other lay leaders at Holy Trinity, did a wonderful service for all of us.  Kathryn's death was a terrible loss. There are no explanations that can make it seem OK.  But as Rev. Leiserson said in her homily though we can't understand with our minds we can pay attention to what's in our hearts.  Family, loved ones and friends can grieve Kathryn's death and celebrate her life and express all the emotions that are in us.   And more, we can reach out to the family which has been so devastated. 

 

The service was beautiful.  It acknowledged the tragedy of Kathryn's death while also confidently proclaiming the reality of resurrection.  Because God is with us in Christ, there is the possibility of new life for Kathryn and for all who mourn her.  Thanks be to God!  The liturgy represented the Church at its best: offering people an opportunity to publicly acknowledge their pain and to claim a hope that transcends all pain, extending welcome to all, and inviting all to share the bread and cup at Christ's table as a sign that at the deepest level of our frailty and need God is with us to sustain and nourish. 

 

I was grateful to be part of this "witness to the resurrection" which we lifted to God for Kathryn, for Barbara, Doug, and Ethan and all their loved ones and friends.   And I am so grateful to God for the gift of the Church!  As I walked away from the service, I felt so thankful for the Church.  There are many things we may get wrong but this worship offered to the whole community felt profoundly right! 

 

May God bless us as we strive to be a blessing in Jesus' name to our neighbors.

                  Mark Barnes

  

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Christian Education Full Article 

  

Christine Garton is having thyroid cancer surgery March 26 and will be out of the office through April 8. (We all wish you a full and speedy recovery.  Are prayers will be with you)

  

THANK YOU to our March 2nd-5th grade teachers: Debbie DeGennaro, Amy McGoldrick, and Christine Garton.

 

THANK YOU to everyone who donated items to the Silent Auction!  Those who donated include Marilyn Curry, Judy Fisher, Elaine Patterson, & Diane Young.  And thank you to Green Door on High St. for giving a discount for some of the items purchased for the Silent Auction.  $293 was raised for our Youth Mission Trip to New Jersey this June. 

  

THANK YOU to everyone who attended the Talent Show and purchased items at the Silent Auction.  We appreciate your support!

  

Bags of INDIVIDUALLY WRAPPED candy are needed for the Easter Egg Hunt.  Please leave donations on the bench outside of Christine Garton's office by Wednesday, April 9.  Thanks in advance!  

  

LENTEN WORKSHOP FOR ALL AGES: A self-directed Lenten Workshop will be available in the Molyneaux Lounge after worship on Palm Sunday, April 13.  Come by and do a few activities, and feel free to take materials home.  Activities for children, youth, families, and adults without children in the home will be available. 

  

ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT SPAGHETTI LUNCH FUNDRAISER benefitting our Youth Mission Trip to New Jersey will be held on Sunday, April 27 at 11:20 AM in the Seminary.  Cost is $7 for adults, $4 for children 10 and under.  Maximum cost per family is $25.  If you plan to attend, please sign up on the sheet outside the secretary's office or in the Molyneaux Lounge.  We hope you'll join us for this fellowship opportunity with your church family!

  

YOUTH NEWS

HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH GROUP will meet April 6 from 11:15 AM-12: 15 PM in the youth room with high school intern Jenn Burns.  Lunch will be provided.  No meeting April 20 due to Easter. 

  

MIDDLE SCHOOL YOUTH GROUP will meet April 13 & April 27 from 11:15 AM-12: 15 PM in the youth room with middle school interns Emily Goetz & Cassidy Venema.  Lunch will be provided.

  

EASTER SUNDAY IS APRIL 20.  THE MIDDLE SCHOOL AND HIGH SCHOOL SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES WILL NOT MEET THAT MORNING. 

 

Youth volunteers are needed to hide Easter eggs for the Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 12 at 1:30 PM.  Event will happen rain or shine.  If you can help, please contact Christine Garton.

 

APRIL YOUTH OUTING IS THE PRESBYTERY'S YOUTH RETREAT APRIL 4-6. 

 

FAMILY NEWS

OUR EASTER EGG HUNT will be held on Saturday, April 12 @ 2 PM, rain or shine.  Children up through 5th grade are invited.  The community is welcome to attend!  Refreshments, prizes, and an Easter storybook will be read after the hunt. 

  

A self-directed Lenten Workshop will be available in the Molyneaux Lounge after worship on Palm Sunday, April 13.  Come by and do a few activities, and feel free to take materials home.  Hope to see you there!

  

Kirkmont Center's summer camp schedule is online!  Go to www.kirkmontcenter.com to see the schedule and to register your child or youth for summer camp.  Our church has scholarship money available to ANY camper from our church. 

Register your child or youth for camp, then contact Christine Garton so the church can pay HALF of your camper fees!  
 

 

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL will be held July 11-13 at Faith Lutheran Church.  The theme is "Wilderness Escape: Where God Guides and Provides."  All children ages 3 through entering 5th grade are invited.  Youth entering 6th-12th grades are invited to be helpers.  And adult volunteers are needed.  A list of volunteer needs will be published soon.  If you would like more information, please contact Christine Garton.

  

ADULT NEWS

24 HOURS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD DVD study will start on Monday, April 28 and will run through May 19.  Join us at the Knolls Country Kitchen from 2-3 PM these 4 Mondays to learn more about the dramatic last day of Jesus' life.  No reading materials required.  Please sign up on the sheet outside the secretary's office or by calling the church office.  Christine Garton will lead this study.

  

CONFIRMAND SPOTLIGHT

Our church is blessed to have 8 wonderful 8th & 9th grade youth in our confirmation class this spring.  Between now and May we will get to know some of our confirmands better through a written interview form they filled out.  Please continue to pray for these young people and their adult sponsors throughout the confirmation process. 

  


spotlightName: Jordan Chase

How long have you lived in Oxford?  My whole life.

Do you have any siblings?  I have one younger brother, Jackson, who is 13.

What school do you attend?  Talawanda High School

Are you involved in any extra-curricular activities?  Club volleyball & Academic Challenge    

What are your favorite things to do in Oxford? Go to You're Fired 

What do you like to do in your free time? Draw, read, or watch movies.

What's your favorite movie or TV show? Movie: Back to the Future; TV show: Sherlock

If you could have a free, all-expenses paid trip to anywhere in the world, where would you go and why? Somewhere to see the Northern Lights, like Alaska.        

What do you want to explore during confirmation class? How stories in the Bible connect with those in other religions.

What would you like the congregation to know about you? I can make a clover with my tongue. (this we gotta see-ed.)

  


spotlightName: Emma Fisher

How long have you lived in Oxford?  13 years.

Do you have any siblings? Katya Fisher is my little sister.

What school do you attend?  Talawanda High School

Are you involved in any extra-curricular activities? Marching band, cross country, swimming.    

What are your favorite things to do in Oxford? Go on long walks with my best friend.  

What do you like to do in your free time? Read What free time? 

What's your favorite movie or TV show? Doctor Who

If you could have a free, all-expenses paid trip to anywhere in the world, where would you go and why? Italy, because it's beautiful and I've always wanted to go there.          

What do you want to explore during confirmation class? Other religions.

What would you like the congregation to know about you? I love band and swimming. 

  

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KIDS CORNER

  

KIDS CORNER: JOHN*

His name means, "The Lord is kind."  Find him in the Bible in Matthew 4:21.

 

John was a best friend of Jesus.

         Jesus had 12 disciples but only 3 who were his best friends.  John and his brother, James, were two of them.  Peter was the third. 

         All three were hardworking fishermen.  Jesus had a lot in common with them because he worked hard, too.  Jesus was raised in a carpenter's home. 

         John and James worked on a fishing boat owned by their father, Zebedee.  Jesus invited them to follow him and learn about God.  So they left their father and their fishing gear and followed Jesus. 

         John got to know Jesus better than most of the disciples did.  Jesus let John, James, and Peter watch him raise a girl from the dead.  They also joined him for a meeting with Elijah and Moses, who came from heaven to talk with Jesus.  And these three disciples prayed with Jesus the night he was arrested.  That was an important prayer, because the next day, Jesus died. 

         As Jesus hung on the cross, he told a "beloved disciple" to take care of his mother, Mary.   "Treat her like she's your mother," Jesus said.  Christian writers later said Jesus was talking to John.  The writers said John did as Jesus asked.  In Mary's old age, she lived in John's house. 

         Bible experts say John lived a long time-more than 60 years after Jesus died.  During that time, John wrote several books that are now in the Bible.  He wrote four books named after him: the Gospel of John and the three letters of John.  He also wrote the last book in the Bible, Revelation. 

         John lived 2,000 years ago in Israel.  He's famous because he was a disciple and best friend of Jesus. 

 

TRIVIA QUESTION:  What was the name of John's father?  Zebedee. 

        

*Taken from Who's Who & Where's Where in the Bible for Kids by Stephen Miller. 

 

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